Background
Currently there are multiple options to finance investment projects by economic operators, we present here some examples:

Portugal 2020
The main challenge is to significantly increase the economic competitiveness, mobilizing and enhancing the resources and skills, aiming at jobs creation and to restore dynamic convergence with the more developed economies of the European Union.
In the current context of fiscal consolidation and high external debt, structural funds are assumed to be an important public policy instrument for strengthening the competitiveness of the Portuguese economy and, consequently, for the success of the macroeconomic adjustment process and the structural change required.
Portugal has at its disposal around 20 billion euros during the 2014-2020 period to finance the implementation of the "Portugal 2020" (New NSRF) in four thematic areas: Competitiveness and Internationalization, Social Inclusion and Employment, Human Capital and Sustainability, and Efficient Use of Resources.

Incentive Scheme for Research and Technological Development | Individual Projects | Valley R&D
The goal is to support individual R&D projects aligned with the priority areas of Research and Innovation Strategy for a Smart Specialization, by conducting industrial research and experimental development activities. "Valley R & D" supports individual projects for the purchase of consultancy services in Research and Technological Development activities, as well as technology transfer services in key areas of Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialization. It enables organizations to earn a non-refundable incentive with the maximum amount of 15,000 euros.

Incentive Scheme for the Internationalization of SMEs / Valley Internationalization
The goal is financial support for projects that strengthen the business training for SMEs for internationalization, to promote and increase exports by developing and applying new business models and qualification processes for SME internationalization.
The "Internationalization Valley" consists on financial support to streamlined internationalization projects that aimed at knowledge and exploration of international markets for SMEs that have not started its internationalization process. It provides access to a non-refundable incentive at a rate of about 75% of the eligible costs for a maximum of 20,000 euros.

Incentive Scheme for Qualification SME / Innovation Valley
Financial support to reinforcement projects of the organization and management skills of SMEs, including investment in development of strategic capabilities and competitive management, modern distribution networks and placement of assets and services and the use of ICT; specific category of assets in relevant areas to the innovation, internationalization and modernization strategy of enterprises, in order to promote the development of more intensive production activities in knowledge and creativity with a strong incorporation of national value added. In the "Innovation Valley" there is a financial support for management consulting activities, technological assistance, consulting in​ digital economy area, consultancy for acquisition, protection and commercialization of intellectual and industrial property rights and licensing agreements, consultancy on the use of standards testing and certification services. Encouraging non-refundable at a rate of about 75% of the eligible costs for a maximum of 20,000 euros.

Incentive Scheme for Entrepreneurship and Creative Qualified | Valley Entrepreneurship
Valley Entrepreneurship: Financial support for simplified projects companies with less than two years of acquisition of consultancy services in the area of entrepreneurship essentials to start-ups, including the development of business plans and services in the digital economy. Encouraging non-refundable at a rate of about 75% of the eligible costs for a maximum of 20,000 euros.

Incentive System for Productive Innovation
Financial support to projects that contribute to reinforce the corporate capacity of SMEs for the development of assets and services by business investment in innovative and qualified activities that contribute to its progression in the value chain; increasing management capabilities of enterprises and the specific qualification of assets in areas relevant to the innovation, internationalization and modernization strategy, in order to promote the development of more intensive and productive activities in knowledge and creativity with strong incorporating national value added.